for such a time as this.

For: Esther Raney
Oregon
Organizer: the Raney family
for such a time as this. (Esther Raney)
$13,977
of $35,000 goal.
Raised by 61 donors
39% Complete

The Story

As we walked the journey to bring home our son from China this past year we began to feel that God had another child waiting for us. In February we started praying whether we should adopt two children at once or if we should do a recurrent adoption after we bring Duo home. We felt very clearly that God had a second child waiting for us in China but that we were to focus our heart on bringing our son home first. The adoption of our son was a beautiful and miraculous journey. However, we couldn't shake the feeling that another child was in China waiting for us. When we arrived home from China we decided that we would pray through children on the waiting child list and see what God would do. We kept our hearts open to older and younger children, boys and girls, and all special needs. Within a couple weeks we began to feel drawn to older girls on the waiting list, continuing to pray and wait, we decided that we would name our future daughter Esther. Two days later we saw a photo of a nine year old girl on an waiting child advocacy site. The name her foster family had given her... Esther. We felt like the whole world stopped when we saw her photo. We looked over her file and immediately knew she was our daughter. After much prayer we decided to move forward with her adoption, however, her adoption file suddenly went missing and there was nothing we could do. Our agency could not find her file nor could dozens of other agencies we spoke with. That meant either another family started the process to adopt her or she was no longer adoptable for some reason. A week went by and we prayed like crazy, feeling firm conviction that she was meant to be our daughter. Adoption advocates and families prayed and networked to help us find her file. One morning we received a phone call from another adoption agency saying that her adoption file was just listed back on the 'shared list' and that she was adoptable! After crying tears of joy and praising God for His faithfulness we immediately had our adoption agency lock her file for us and started the paperwork to adopt her. 

We are reusing our dossier paperwork which means this adoption can be completed quicker. She very much wants to be adopted and have many siblings. Her foster mother told her "Esther, Jesus has finally brought your family to you!" Glory to God. She has been waiting a very long time for a family, too long. We are moving quickly to bring her home and cannot wait for this precious soul to become our daughter. 

We so appreciate all your support and encouragement as we step out in faith to bring this child from orphan to daughter. She is valued and created for such a time as this. God has mighty plans for her life and we are excited to be her biggest fans. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 13, 2016

Posted on March 13, 2016

We received the official referral for Esther - what this means is that China reviewed all of our paperwork that has been collected over the last 7 months and approved it! They have approved us to be her family! Praises to God! We immediately accepted the approval and are now in the process of the immigration process for her. At this point it looks like we are 8-9 weeks away from traveling if there are no delays. We are busy getting her room ready and starting travel preparations!

Posted on January 25, 2016

Posted on January 25, 2016

Homestudy was complete and our dossier (big stack of paperwork) has been sent to China! That means its in the process of translation and we are awaiting the Letter of Acceptance where we will officially accept her referral! We couldn't be happier! We are looking at a 4-5 month wait until we can travel. Fingers are crossed for a mid-May travel date. Until then we are working like crazy to earn and fundraise ever single penny to bring our daughter home!

Posted on September 2, 2015

Posted on September 2, 2015

Our social worker that was set to do our home study update unexpectedly resigned from her job and so we are now on the hunt for a new social worker who can do the quickest home study update ever! We are hoping to get our dossier logged in to China by the end of December so would you please pray that God sends the right social worker to us. We are trusting God in the timing and knowing that He has a purpose in this. Letting go of the wheel and letting God! 

This week we sent our daughter her first care package... filled to the brim with glittery and girly fun! We made a scrapbook of our family, sent a locket necklace with our family photo in it, and a "sisters" bracelet which all four girls are to wear until they are united together. We adore our sweet Esther and cannot wait for her to be home!

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